Haider Ali and Leus du Plooy’s breathless counter-attack stuns Yorkshire.
On the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Chesterfield, magnificent displays of counter-attacking batting by Leus du Plooy and Haider Ali stopped Yorkshire’s victory push in its tracks and saved Derbyshire.

Haider Ali Performance:

The Pakistani batsman achieved his first century for the county and had an unbroken record-breaking fifth-wicket stand with du Plooy of 231 from 311 balls, demonstrating Derbyshire’s brilliant judgement to move Haider from first to sixth in the pecking order.

Haider Ali swivels on the pull
Haider Ali swivels on the pull 

Dawid Malan’s 106 helped Yorkshire reach 353 and a lead of 242, and Scottish spinner Mark Watt claimed a career-high 5 for 83 as Derbyshire was on the verge of defeat at 17 for 4.

Weather Condition:

When play was suspended with 10 overs remaining in the day due to poor lighting and an electrical storm, the home team had reached 248 for 4 and a six-run advantage.

Prior to Malan’s demise, Yorkshire appeared to be heading for an even bigger lead. However, the last five wickets fell for just 28 runs as a result of the collapse.

Malan reached his second century of the year in 130 balls. But Suranga Lakmal took off to his left at mid-off to hold a spectacular catch after he failed to get enough on a lofted drive at Watt. Lakmal slipped and injured his right elbow, but he was still able to catch the second new ball even though the spinners were the ones who caused the most harm.

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When Derbyshire’s top order collapsed for the second time in the game. Yorkshire’s margin still appeared to be more than enough. The Pavilion End Harry Came was beaten by a full-length ball in Coad’s second over. Luis Reece was out in the following over.


Wayne Madsen failed to score after pushing out at Coad and being caught at first slip. Fisher successfully captured Reece on the crease. A two-day conclusion was likely when Fisher caught the outside edge of Matt Lamb’s bat. But after a rocky beginning, du Plooy and Haider countered to put Yorkshire in trouble.

du Plooy clips off his pads
du Plooy clips off his pads

Haider drove his offspin for a six-yard out from down the field. And du Plooy swept him for his tenth four to help him reach 50 off of 61 balls.
Revis was despatched by Haider for three fours in an over after being forced behind square to reach his half-century off of 60 balls. Bess was hit for another six and by tea. The partnership had run through 29 overs, cutting the deficit to 75 runs.

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It had been an enthusiastic response to what appeared to be a hopeless situation. And Yorkshire now had some issues to resolve. At the start of the last period, they reduced the scoring rate. But there were little indications of the crucial victory for Yorkshire.

In order to reach an exceptional century, Haider swept Bess for his 16th four. He then started the scoring by taking four boundaries in a single over from the spinner.


Derbyshire 111 (Fisher 5-30) and 248 for 4 (Haider 129*, du Plooy 96*)

lead Yorkshire 353 (Malan 106, Masood 67, Watt 5-83) by six runs